'''William Edward Burghardt''' "'''W. E. B.'''" '''Du Bois''' (pronounced ; February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an American Sociology|sociologist
, civil rights activist
, author, and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts|Great Barrington
, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. After completing graduate work at the University of Berlin
, where he was the first African American
to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University
. Du Bois was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP) in 1909.
Du Bois rose to national prominence as the leader of the Niagara Movement
, a group of African-American activists who wanted equal rights for blacks. Du Bois and his supporters...